Watch an asteroid the size of an SUV zoom by Earth in a close shave

Asteroid 2023 BU zipped past Earth on Thursday night (January 26) to the delight of amateur astronomers around the world. For skywatchers without access to a telescope or those whose views were hampered by bad weather, luckily the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project was there to observe the event and live stream it all for free.

The Virtual Telescope is a robotic telescope operated by Italian amateur astronomer Gianluca Masi near Rome, Italy. Like 2023 BU lashed out against Earththe telescope was able to track the rock through a gap in the clouds when it was about 13,670 miles (22,000 kilometers) from its closest point on Earth’s surface (about the height of GPS navigation satellite constellation) and 22,990 miles (37,000 km) from the Virtual Telescope.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *